THE partner of the Radcliffe Football Club photographer who died in a crash on the M60 has paid tribute to him, calling him "a lovely lovely dad and partner".

Peter Lee was one of seven club staff and volunteers travelling home following the game against Ashton Athletic on Tuesday night, when they were involved in a three-vehicle collision on the M60.

The 60-year-old father of two died as a result of the crash and several others were injured.

Paying tribute to him, Mr Lee's partner Lorraine said: “Peter Lee was a lovely lovely dad and partner. He was my best friend and a super loving dad to Bethany and Jasmine.

“Peter was so kind and he would any anything for anybody. He was a family man first and we are going to miss him so much.

“Life just isn’t going to be the same ever again.”

Shortly before 10.30pm on December 4 police were called to junction 16 of the M60 at Clifton interchange, to reports of a three vehicle crash.

Two passengers had to be cut out of the vehicles after the collision which involved a white Ford Transit, a silver Toyota Avensis people carrier and a black BMW 1 series.

A 20-year-old woman and a 39-year-old man were taken to hospital with serious injuries, one of whom suffered head injuries.

A 12-year-old girl was also taken to hospital but has since been discharged.

And a 48-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

Mr Lee from Radcliffe had joined Radcliffe FC around two years ago as a photographer and quickly immersed himself in the life of the club.

Yesterday the club's chairman, Paul Hilton, also paid tribute to Mr Lee.

He said: “Peter was a big part of our football family. He was a wonderful man, always smiling and a great photographer. He was a true gent.

“He joined us about two years ago as our club photographer and he became immersed in the club immediately. He and his two daughters went everywhere with us.

“Everyone at the club will miss him greatly. We will support his family in every way possible going forward.”

The club also wished the other members of its football family, who were involved in the incident, a speedy recovery.